Pregnancy! Can a husband feel anymore helpless than when his wife is pregnant?! Sometimes I just felt ashamed because Julia was having to go through so much to bring our two sons into this world. A lot of times I felt tremendously blessed that I am a man and not a woman. There is NO WAY I could ever endure a pregnancy; hats off to all you Moms in the world. So, what is a man to do as he watches his wife endure exhaustion, vomiting, nausea, hormone changes, vision changes, emotional ups and downs, body changes, weight gains, pregnancy brain, and all sorts of aches and pains? Aches and pains such as feet swelling, back pain, hip pain, sciatica nerve pain, leg cramps, lack of sleep, heartburn, and not to forget the pain of actually having the child!
I have heard of men experiencing sympathy pains and sympathy gains. Mysterious pains that are an exact replica of their pregnant wife’s ailments. Non-mysterious weight gains to equal their wife’s added weight. I assume all of this is an attempt to mitigate that sometimes shameful feeling of complete and total helplessness. But my question is this, have you ever heard of sympathy nesting? Yes, sympathy nesting. Instead of the pregnant wife preparing the home for the new arrival, the man turns into so much of a handy-man machine that he actually allows himself to see the end of the never-ending honey-do list. I never thought seeing the end of the honey-do list was humanly possible, but when male nesting kicks in anything is possible. Check out what I was able to knock out in about 10 days, just before Summit was born.
Not even included in this fancy slide show was my handy work in re-caulking the bathtub, extensive backyard fence repair, changing out broken deadbolt locks, and repairing the broken toilet paper holder. You might be thinking, “Taylor, this really isn’t that much”! But please remember, I haven’t done this much handy man work in two years. Thanks to sympathy nesting I did all of this work in 10 days! (Infomercial coming soon)
This whole nesting thing might not be a big deal for a lot of you men out there, but this sudden burst of “get it done” intensity was a big thing for me in two ways. First of all, home projects are not my favorite thing to do. The last thing I want to do after a day at work is come home and rebuild the fence or re-caulk the bathtub. The second reason, I am not the handiest guy in the neighborhood. I am so not handy that I use Handy Manny episodes as instructional videos on how to fix things around the house. Never heard of Handy Manny? Shepherd introduced me to him about 6 months ago. Handy Manny is a cross between Dora the Explorer and Ty Pennington. Check the Handy Manny trailer.
If I had to choose between sympathy pains, sympathy gains, and sympathy nesting, I would definitely choose the nesting every time. I wouldn’t have to keep my feet propped up, ice down my lower back, experience a bad case of heart burn, or join Weight Watchers. I think Julia would force me to make the same choice. Think about it for a quick second, now she can add so much more to the honey-do list!
So men of pregnant women get your nesting on, because after the baby arrives you won’t have time for anything else!